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Dear Friends of the CVGS:

We regret to inform you that the CVGS will be transitioning to a less active status over the next several weeks. Sadly, our fundraising goal to hire a Director has not been achieved. In addition, we will soon lose our staff, Tanya Bushnell. Tanya has served admirably as the CVGS Program Coordinator for the past two and a half years, and her full-time position will be eliminated on September 30th. Concordia University has been subsidizing this position for most of the past year and can no longer afford to do so. Without Tanya's presence, the CVGS will no longer have the ability to maintain daily hours of operation.

Concordia University has given their assurance that the collection of materials will remain as a special collection in the library and will continue to be available for use under certain parameters. If you have donated materials over the years, rest assured that they will continue to be safe, secure and available to researchers. Between now and the end of September, the CVGS will be working with the Library to set up parameters for visitation to the collection.

Some of the translation projects that are in progress will likely be transitioned to other organizations in the months ahead.

We are grateful for the support that Concordia University has given us over many years, including the physical location of the Center, and staff time. We are also grateful to those of you who have supported the Center over the years.

We will share more information about this transition as plans are formed over the coming weeks.

CVGS Saves Historical Mural
Mural at St. Pauls in Portland
Mural with restoration in progress.

      The Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) at Concordia University is the proud new steward of The Lord Is My Shepherd, a large-scale painting by Northwest artist Colista Murray Dowling. The painting depicts Christ holding a lamb, tending both a literal and figurative flock of sheep and children, with his "followers" waving pennants and marching forth on a path in the background. Until recently, the painting adorned the apse behind the choir loft of St. Paul's Evagelical & Reformed Church on the northeast corner of the intersection at Eighth & Failing Street in northeast Portland.

      This neighborhood was originally inhabited by immigrant families, predominately Volga Germans. The church was founded in 1904 by several families, many of whom were originally from the Volga German colonies of Brunnental and Grimm. Rev. Jacob Hergert, the first pastor of St. Paul's, was also an immigrant from Brunnental. He led the congregation for its first 17 years.

      [read more . . . ]

Fundraising for the mural restoration continues. To support this effort, click on the "Support The Center" button above and indicate in the comments box that you want your gift to go toward "mural restoration." Thanks to those who have already contributed!
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Mural at St. Pauls in Portland
Mural as it adorned St. Pauls
from 1938 to 2015

Mural from St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church in Portland, Oregon
The Good Shepherd (restored!)
New German Origins Posted to the CVGS Website
      Newly discovered German origins have been posted for the following Volga German families:
Bitter families that settled in Lauwe
Etzel family that settled in Dietel, Huck, & Hussenbach
Heller family that settled in Dietel
Hetzel family that settled in Dietel, Huck, & Hussenbach
Horst family that settled in Huck, Norka, Schilling, Frank, & Kolb
Kaltner family that settled in Katharinenstadt
Kober family that settled in Grimm & Franzosen
Leonhard(t) family that settled in Grimm
Lotz family that settled in Katharinenstadt
Mill family that settled in Dietel & Hussenbach
Roh family that settled in Schilling
Schmidt family that settled in Dietel
Schultz family that settled in Dönhof
Suppes family that settled in Hussenbach
New Translations Available
Translation of the censuses for Hummel (aka Brockhausen) (1834), Straub (1834), Reinwald (1834), Frank (1850), Yagodnaya Polyana (1857), Kolb (1834 & 1857), and Walter (1834 & 1857) have been completed. Check the CVGS Census List for how to obtain these translated documents.
Contact Information
Mailing Address:
Center for Volga German Studies
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211
Physical Address:
Center for Volga German Studies
Concordia University Library, Suite 300
2800 NE Liberty Street
Portland, OR 97211
Building 19 on the Campus Map

Tanya Bushnell 503.493.6369

Last updated 19 July 2017.